KOPUWAI DELTA Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Our two small olive groves are grown for biodiversity, flavour and beauty. They are situated in Kopuwai Delta Vineyard in Pisa Valley at the delta of the Clutha river, next to the Bendigo Reserve. Kopuwai is the taniwha (spirit legend) of the Clutha river and so being at the delta where the Clutha runs into Lake Dunstan we have drawn our name from this powerful legend.
This terrace, formed by glacial retreat, has little soil, so our trees are grown on stony gravels, alluvium, schist, quartzite and loess, a glacial flour. Planted in 2005 on slopes running down to the Clutha river, we have a variety of clones including Verdale, Picholine, Frantoio and Pendolino. The far grove is more recently planted in 2012, primarily in Minerva and Leccino olive trees for a more spicy flavour. We let the trees grow slowly and organically with a minimum amount of water applied. The flavour profile is an ‘infield blend’ driven by expression of the site year on year depending on the season’s weather. The resulting olive oil is rich in both flavour profile and colour.
We hand harvest together with wonderful and enthusiastic friends during the month of May for immediate pressing into premium olive oil. Olive oil lasts a long time and can be enjoyed at its freshest when more peppery, or allowed to mellow over time in the bottle.